Escape (Enrique Iglesias album)

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Studio album by Enrique Iglesias
Released October 30, 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop
Length 52:02
Label Interscope
Producer Kara DioGuardi, Enrique Iglesias (also exec.), Lester Mendez, Steve Morales, Carlos Paucar, Andres Restrepo (exec.), Mark Taylor
Enrique Iglesias chronology
Singles from Escape
  1. "Hero"
    Released: September 3, 2001
  2. "Escape"
    Released: January 23, 2002
  3. "Love to See You Cry"
    Released: June 3, 2002
  4. "Don't Turn Off the Lights"
    Released: August 14, 2002
  5. "Maybe"
    Released: November 10, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]

Escape is the second English-language studio album released by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. The album was released on October 30, 2001, and was later reissued in late 2002, with the addition of three bonus tracks.


Iglesias either wrote or co-wrote every track on the album, and has said that for many of the tracks on the album he started out simply with titles that he later based the songs on. The first song to use this method was "Don't Turn Off the Lights", which was originally going to be the title of the album and the first single. "Hero" one of the more popular tracks off the album was co written by Paul Barry and Mark Taylor. Iglesias also stated that he wrote many songs for the album, but picking the ones he considered to be the very best.

Chart reception[edit]

Escape debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, his then highest debut on the chart, selling 267,000 copies in its first week. Simultaneously with "Hero" the album topped the UK charts, making Iglesias the only Latin artist to have a #1 album and #1 single on the charts as well as the first act in five years. It was the second highest seller, in the United Kingdom, beaten only by Robbie Williams's Escapology. It was also the best selling album of 2002 in Australia. The album also performed well throughout the world, being certified triple-platinum in the United States,[3] quadruple-platinum in the United Kingdom,[4] 5 × platinum in Canada and Australia,[5][6] and platinum in Germany.[7] as well as reaching Platinum or Gold certification in 35 other countries around the world. Escape is Iglesias' best selling album and was awarded a Diamond certification for ten million copies shipped worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

Escape — North American version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Escape"   Enrique Iglesias, Steve Morales, Kara DioGuardi, David Siegel Morales, Iglesias[a], DioGuardi[b] 3:28
2. "Don't Turn Off the Lights"   Iglesias, Morales, DioGuardi, Siegel Morales, Iglesias[a], DioGuardi[b] 3:47
3. "Love to See You Cry"   Iglesias, Paul Barry, Steve Torch, Mark Taylor Taylor 4:07
4. "Hero"   Iglesias, Barry, Taylor Taylor 4:24
5. "I Will Survive"   Iglesias, Morales, DioGuardi, Siegel, Aaron Fishbein Morales, Iglesias[a], DioGuardi[b] 3:43
6. "Love 4 Fun"   Iglesias, Morales, DioGuardi, Siegel, Fishbein Morales, Iglesias[a], DioGuardi[b] 3:15
7. "Maybe"   Iglesias, Morales, DioGuardi, Siegel Morales, Iglesias[a], DioGuardi[b] 3:14
8. "One Night Stand"   Iglesias, Barry, Taylor Taylor 4:11
9. "She Be the One"   Iglesias, Barry, Taylor Taylor 3:36
10. "If the World Crashes Down"   Iglesias, Lester Mendez Iglesias, Mendez 4:45
11. "Escapar" (Spanish version of "Escape") Iglesias, Morales, DioGuardi, Siegel Morales, Iglesias[a], Carlos Paucar[b] 3:28
12. "No Apagues la Luz" (Spanish version of "Don't Turn Off the Lights") Iglesias, Morales, DioGuardi, Siegel Morales, Iglesias[a], Carlos Paucar[b] 3:48
13. "Héroe" (Spanish version of "Hero") Iglesias, Barry, Taylor Taylor 4:23
  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[c] signifies an additional producer

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (2001/2002) Peak position
Australian Albums Chart[9] 1
Austrian Albums Chart (Top 75)[9] 6
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[9] 6
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[9] 19
Canadian Albums Chart[10] 1
Danish Albums Chart (Top 40)[9] 18
Dutch Albums Chart (Top 100)[9] 5
French Albums Chart[9] 19
German Albums Chart[11] 3
Italian Albums Chart[9] 18
Mexican Albums Chart (Top 100)[citation needed] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[9] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[9] 10
Polish Albums Charts[12] 6
Swiss Albums Chart (Top 100)[9] 4
Swedish Albums Chart (Hitlistan Top 60)[9] 11
Spanish Albums Chart (Top 100)[13] 3
UK Albums Chart[14] 1
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
Australia Top 100 Albums[16] 5
UK Albums Charts[citation needed] 2


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[17] Platinum 40,000x
Australia (ARIA)[6] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[18] Gold 20,000x
Belgium (BEA)[19] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[5] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[20] Gold 25,000^
Germany (BVMI)[7] Platinum 300,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[21] Gold 15,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[22] Gold 75,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[23] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[24] Gold 50,000*
Sweden (GLF)[25] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[26] 2× Platinum 80,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^
Europe (IFPI)[27] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Come with Us by The Chemical Brothers
UK number one album
February 16, 2002 – March 1, 2002
Succeeded by
The Very Best of Sting & The Police
by Sting & The Police
Preceded by
Shoot This by Motor Ace
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
August 26 – September 1, 2002
September 9–22, 2002
Succeeded by
A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay